This artificial cartilage is made using material from bulletproof vests

The same Kevlar material that is used to make bulletproof vests, jackets and gloves now has the potential to make artificial cartilage that could be implanted in the body. Kevlartilage – a material developed at the University of Michigan and Jiangnan University – can withstand just as much force as the cartilage in the human

PEEK formulations for new implantable devices

Since the late 1990s, polyether ether ketone has become a go-to material for companies that manufacture orthopedic implants, thanks to its radiolucency and anatomical properties. Now, custom formulations of PEEK are enabling new potential applications for the polymer. Lawrence Acquarulo, Foster Corp. Polymers have always played a role in modern implantable medical devices. But until

Biomaterials: Is there a better way for FDA to regulate them?

The medical device industry is pretty conservative when it comes to materials used in medical devices. That begs the question: Do we need a new FDA approval pathway for biomaterials? Mike Drues thinks the answer is “yes.” “It really will encourage companies to use new materials and not be hamstrung with materials that have been

10 companies to check out at BIOMEDevice San Jose

BIOMEDevice San Jose is an opportunity for thousands of medtech engineers and executives to come together and network. The annual event, created by UBM, is an industry showcase that allows various medtech manufacturers and suppliers to tout their expertise. This year’s event takes place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., Dec. 6

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Everything you need to know about medical device creation

Medtech development is hard. Medical device creation can require manufacturing know-how in areas as wide-ranging as electrical components, high-performance polymers, molding and machining – and that doesn’t even include the required expertise in design, regulatory requirements and achieving reimbursement. The good news is that the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts. Through

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ChemSpec’s to distribute Dispersix adhesives

ChemSpec is now offering Dispersix silicone processing additives following a new distribution deal with Spherix Mineral Products. The recently-announced partnership with Spherix Mineral Products allows ChemSpec to offer medical device manufacturers and suppliers with additives that can improve silicone products. Dispersix is used in high consistency rubber (HCR) silicone cure chemistries. Aluminosilicates are recovered from

The 11 most innovative medical devices of 2017

The nominees for the best medical technology of 2017 were recently announced for the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The Galien Foundation, the host of the awards, hands out the the Prix Galien Award annually to examples of outstanding biomedical and technology product achievement designed to improve human condition. Before candidates can qualify for

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The trouble with tooling LSR and how to get molding costs down

Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is great for medical device applications, but is the tooling worth the trouble? Dave Theiss, Robin Industries Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is a sought-after material for medical applications. But there are tooling challenges and expenses associated with LSR that need to be understood by medical manufacturers looking to use the material.

This tissue paper is made from actual organ tissues

Northwestern University researchers have created biomaterials made from animal organs and tissues that could potentially support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing. The materials, aptly named tissue papers, are made from structural proteins that are excreted by cells and give organs their forms and structures. The tissue papers are thin and

This artificial heart is made from silicone

Researchers have developed an artificial heart made of silicone that beats almost like a human heart, according to new research from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH). The ETH researchers set out to develop a heart that looks like the real time and functions like one too. It was designed by Nicholas Cohrs, a doctoral student in

Thomas & Betts says its cable ties resist microbes: Here’s how

Thomas & Betts (T&B) is touting its new Ty-Fast Ag+ bacteria-resistant cable ties, which it claims are the first that are able to inhibit the spread of bacteria. T&B (Memphis, Tenn.) – a member of the ABB Group – molded the cable ties from an FDA-compliant nylon resin blended with an EPA-registered antimicrobial silver ion

Lamborghini is helping to create better prosthetics

Automobili Lamborghini is collaborating with Houston Methodist Research Institute to bring its carbon fiber composite material expertise to prosthetic implants. The research that Lamborghini will be joining is a biocompatibility study of the composite materials that are used in prosthetic implants and subcutaneous devices. The goal of the study is to be able to determine

New biocompatible adhesive glues together soft tissues

Okayama University researchers say they’ve discovered a new type of biocompatible adhesive material made of hydroxyapatite that can glue together synthetic hydrogels and soft tissues. Adhesive organic materials instead of sutures join soft tissues. The method has been around for several decades, but it often has limited biocompatibility and sub-optimal adhesive strength. The researchers at

What startups need to succeed when selecting medical device materials

Whether a startup targets an emerging category such as wearables or a more mature device market, a well-planned approach to medical device materials selection can make a significant difference in the product launch cycle, economic model and other variables. Deepak Prakash, Vancive Medical Technologies Materials selection can be a make-or-break issue for medical device startups. Even

11 companies with interesting technology at MD&M East

Thousands of engineers and executives are expected to descend on the Javits Center in New York next week for MD&M East, the largest medical device manufacturing event on the East Coast. Fun attractions include Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak delivering a keynote speech, the 19th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards, robot battles and a 3D printed

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